Amelia Island Lighthouse

The Amelia Island Lighthouse was originally built in 1820 on Cumberland Island, Georgia. In 1838, the tower was dismantled and reassembled on Amelia Island, atop a 60 foot bluff and ¾ miles away from the ocean. The lighthouse began operating here the very next year.

Granite steps spiral to the top of the structure, and metal steps lead to the lantern at the very top. The lantern flashes every ten seconds and has a red sector facing the southeast to warn mariners of shoals off of the south end of Amelia Island.

Currently under restoration, the lighthouse is not open to the public at the current time. Once the construction is complete, guided tours will be available.

5 Comments

  1. tommylee

    If I would say a thousand steps you would not believe me, right? I have no idea but an Amelia “pirate” will give you the answer.

  2. parker wessel

    how many steps

  3. ameliaprivateeye (Post author)

    She is not a tall lighthouse by comparison to most built during the ‚ÄúTerritorial Period‚Äù. I’m not sure of the number of steps because she sits high upon a bluff that has insured her longevity for many years, avoiding the gales of the seas that have claimed so many lighthouses, but the link above and this one should provide you with some “awesome” details!

  4. Ameliaprivateeye

    “The lighthouse stairs are extremely unique ‚Äì this is the only existing lighthouse in Florida with a spiral staircase made of granite ‚Äì each step is a handcut stone ‚Äì 59 granite steps. Above the granite steps are two additional flights of cast-iron stairs that lead to the light.”

    http://www.ameliaislandliving.com/emagazine/pub

  5. Ameliaprivateeye

    “The lighthouse stairs are extremely unique – this is the only existing lighthouse in Florida with a spiral staircase made of granite – each step is a handcut stone – 59 granite steps. Above the granite steps are two additional flights of cast-iron stairs that lead to the light.”

    http://www.ameliaislandliving.com/emagazine/pub

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